Costume Contest and Awards

SASS costuming creates both the environment and shared attitude that sets the tone for camaraderie unequaled in other shooting events. In fact, costuming has evolved into an art form of its own. Some SASS members enjoy the costuming aspect of our sport as much or even more than the shooting! The Saturday Night Yesteryear ball will be a celebration of Nevada, the Silver State; and so the ball will be a "Silver Ball"; this evening formal event provides SASS the opportunity to conduct an outstanding Formal Wear Contest. This formal Ball sets the standards for costuming.

All costume contest entrants MUST be registered as Conventioneers. However, there are no entry forms to be turned in to SASS Registration in order to participate. All costume contest entrants will sign in at the appropriate times and dates and present their attire to a panel of judges. Please refer to the Convention main schedule for judging times.


You do not have to pre-register to enter the Best Dressed Costume Contest held on Saturday night. Just show up in your finest at the scheduled time and location, sign in, and present your finery to our panel of judges. Best Dressed categories are Men, Ladies, Couples, and Military. A special themed category will also be judged, as the theme for the Ball; Silver Ball. Contestants will be judged on the following criterion—Authenticity, Originality, and Detail (including hats, gloves, jewelry, and other appropriate accessories). Presentation is no longer a requirement – it is now an option. Original or "off the rack" clothing is acceptable as long as it is "period correct" and relates to SASS Cowboy Action Shooting™. Please, no Velcro and no zippers.

In the midst of the SIlver ball, there will be a promenade of all contestants around the dance floor, either solo or in tandem with their lady/gentlemen (for Couples division). Awards, from first to third place in each category, will be presented immediately following the promenade. Be sure to check out and sign up for all the exciting costume seminars available this year for Ladies and Gents.


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